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The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores.   

Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.

Currently 50 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2000 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall  Point in the North West, through Wales, to Wearside in the North East.

Whilst high technology and sophisticated systems are aids to improved safety, a computer cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat or a yachtsman or fisherman in trouble. Other vulnerable activities like diving, wind surfing and canoeing are made safer with visual surveillance.

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies, offering a variety of skills and experience and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.

Over 190,000 hours of organised coastal surveillance were completed in 2011 alone, all at no cost to the public. Funding is managed by a Board of Trustees with a constitution agreed by the Charity Commission and relies heavily on local support.

Latest news

16 October 2014 - This year’s winner of our free prize draw at the Southampton Boat Show is Peter Smith from Plymstock in Devon.Peter who sails Teddy Bear, a Westerly Oceanranger, is pictured...
18 September 2014 - On Press Preview Day at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, Friday 12 September, Alan Richards, Chairman of NCI took delivery of a new radio from Bob Stockley, Managing Director of...
4 September 2014 – A new Visitor Centre has been opened at Torbay, Devon. Situated beside the NCI Torbay lookout at Daddyhole Plain, Torquay, the Centre was opened by Captain Henry Duffy (pictured),...

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NCI needs volunteer watchkeepers to help safeguard the lives of yachtsmen, fishermen, canoeists and other users of coastal waters.
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